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June 23, 2018

I’m not talking about failure in a big way, but failure in terms of petty little tasks. I may make plans to do something that I haven’t done before – like fit a lock to my garden gate – that I should be totally capable of doing. But something nags me in the back of my mind – what if I run into problems? How will I cope? So I put off the task, rather than discover if I can do it (or do it well).

May 11, 2018

I’ve been playing around with making it easy to log what I eat/drink, together with calories. The idea is that logging what you eat can be tedious, and prone to “I’ll do that later (oops forgot)”. By doing it with a voice interface, I can…

May 6, 2018

So I took the Echo Dot, a very old phone (running Android KitKat), a SIM from GiffGaff that I ordered Thursday and which arrived yesterday, plus various cables and adapters, and went outside in the sunshine to play with my car.

April 19, 2018

More techie fun. It’s actually fairly easy to do, it was the idea that was brilliant (is there an emoji for an exploding head?) Plex media server has a “watch later” function, that can be used for watching *selected* YouTube videos. See a video while…

April 18, 2018

I have a shelf of vinyl that hasn’t been played in about 10 years. Nothing valuable, just stuff from the late 70s and the 80s. Some has been repurchased in CD form; the rest – well, if I haven’t dug it out in 10 years,…

March 23, 2018

But one of the things I will be using the time for is working on the update on my board game forum site, Posh Games.

This is long overdue. Official support for the version I am on ended in 2009, although I’ve managed to keep it going and secure. I have made 2 attempts, over the years, to upgrade, both vexed by the new version lacking features that are central to my website – mainly a fully integrated calendar/scheduler, allowing you to attach dates to specific topics (so people can schedule a game session, then discuss who is coming and what games to bring).

November 16, 2017

My copy of TI4 has arrived, and it looks good. The box is better than that of TI3, which I always found to be a complete pain, due to its length. It is a normal “large box” size, but deeper, so it will be easier…

November 15, 2017

One of my favourite games is Twilight Imperium 3. It is a sprawling game of galactic domination. It is quite magnificent, and the only downside is that a single game will normally take 4-8 hours, which limits the number of times it gets played. However,…

November 14, 2017

Lately, I’ve been thinking about a couple of board games I was tempted to purchase. The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 is a brand new cooperative game based on the 1982 movie (and John W. Campbell’s novella “Who Goes There”, that it was based on.…

October 9, 2017

Since buying my Tenor guitar, in 2015, I haven’t done much more than play around with it – certainly nothing serious. This is mainly because I found myself spoilt for choice in terms of tunings. “Standard” tuning is in fifths, CGDA, but they are also…

October 6, 2017

It’s always nice to learn something, even when it is something that you shouldn’t have to learn. For a while now I have been frustrated how my Kobo only shows series information on some books, but not others. The time it appears to work seems…

September 21, 2017

A new forum for Pellet Grill users. Some really nice knowledgeable people, only too willing to give help and advice.